After Radek Stepanek predictably toppled Donald Young it was left to John Isner and Gael Monfils to fight it out for the final spot in the Washington finals. Isner was the favourite heading in despite Monfils’ higher ranking because of his huge serve and Gael’s tendency to have significant mid-match form fluctuations. It was an inspired Monfils who saved a match point and then went on to win the third set tie break to book a place in the finals with the 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 win over the home crowd favourite. Read more
John Isner and Gael Monfils will face off in the semifinals in Washington for a chance to face the winner of Donald Young V Radek Stepanek. Monfils took Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 while mighty John Isner needed three sets to pass Viktor Troicki 7-6, 3-6, 6-1. Read more
The comeback of James Blake seems to be gathering speed as the American finds his form on his home courts after difficulties with tendinitis of his patella tendons (knees). In Washington, Blake put on a stellar performance before the big serving giant John Isner finally won 7-6, 1-6, 7-6 for a place in the quarterfinals.
Isner will now play Viktor Troicki for a chance to face the winner of Tipsarevic V Monfils for a place in the finals. Read more
As a part of the celebrations for the 125th year of the Wimbledon Championships an extensive collection of match footage has been released on iTunes. The footage ranges from interviews with past and present players, behind the scenes footage and some match play from some of the greatest matches ever played at Wimbledon. As they say in the documentary Wimbledon is a place where legends are born and memories are created. Read more
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To break the lengthy draw analysis in two parts I have separated the explanation about what’s at stake for the big boys Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and what to look for in the early rounds into another post (click here).
If we look at the draw as a whole it’s hard to look beyond Federer as champion. Read more
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Given the recent form of some of the higher ranked players (Berdych I’m looking at you here) and the significant number of highly ranked fatigued (Djokovic, Federer, Nadal) and injured players (Simon, Fish) looking at the first round match ups took longer than it normally does. Recently players like Ivan Dodig, Andreas Seppi, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Janko Tipsarevic have stepped up and played some great tennis on grass and should make for an interesting Wimbledon. Read more
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Now before you all get seriously concerned I am not suggesting that Rafael Nadal has actually had some sort of traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries of any sort are very serious but it is also the body part or organ that I think is affecting Rafa most at the moment.
Nadal has long been known for his exceptional mental toughness and while he is still more mentally focuses than most other players something seems to have switched. Read more
“I didn’t play well in the tie break. I was probably too nervous. But anyway, it was a very, very important victory for me.” – Rafael Nadal
“The way he played in the fourth and fifth set — I haven’t seen tennis like that, ever. That’s why he’s No. 1 in the world, and one of the greatest ever.
I mean, that 30-all point in the last game, I needed oxygen after that. I almost collapsed. My legs were dead.” – John Isner Read more
On paper the first round match between defending champion Rafael Nadal and John Isner was the match most likely to be problematic for a top seed in the draw. Nadal’s concern over the danger posed by the huge serving John Isner, ranked 39 in the world, proved to be well founded as the American had Nadal under serious threat of a first round defeat on his ‘home’ turf.
Nadal had never played a five set match at Roland Garros prior to today. Nadal had never lost a set in his first round matches in Paris before today. John Isner has changed that but it was Nadal who eventually disarmed Isner 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 after four hours of play. Read more
This years men’s Roland Garros draw has the potential to produce a great tournament with some really interesting match ups if the seeds perform. The fluctuating recent form of the top male players doesn’t give me much hope of this happening but lets look at the draw anyway.
The really interesting first round matches are: Read more
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